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IPL 2020: 5 Indian Youngsters Who're Giving Big Stars A Run For Their Money This Season

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Ever since the advent of Twenty20 (T20) format, the world of cricket has witnessed numerous leagues coming to the fore. From Australia, West Indies, Pakistan to even Bangladesh, every country has got its own T20 tournaments now. But, amongst those, none can match the Indian Premier League (IPL) in terms of stature or popularity.

In the last 12 years, the IPL has established itself as one of the biggest and most-watched T20 tournaments across the globe. Bringing some of the biggest names together in franchise-based teams, the IPL has proved to be the go-to source of entertainment for cricket fans over the years. Big stars, celebrity owners, hefty paychecks and cheerleaders; IPL is the perfect mix of cricket, glitz and glamour.

But, that's not all. There is more to India's cash-rich T20 event than meets the eye. Far away from all the razzmatazz, IPL has served as a pivotal platform for young guns to prove their mettle and rise through the ranks. And, the thirteenth edition, currently being played in the United Arab Emirates, has proved to be no different.

Despite their tender age, Indian youngsters in IPL 2020 are not just learning while playing with more experienced campaigners, in fact, if their recent performances is anything to go by, it's safe to say they have successfully managed to overshadow the proven stars on the back of their brilliant performances this season. 

Here's a look at those 5 Indian young guns who've won fans over this season:

1. Devdutt Padikkal 

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For an exquisite stroke player who set the 2018 U-19 World Cup on fire, Shubman Gill didn't surprise anyone after getting a Rs 1.9-crore contract from Kolkata Knight Riders in 2018. And, ever since making his IPL debut in 2018, young Gill has looked better with every game. But, it's the ongoing season where the right-hander truly looks in a class of his own.

Tasked with the responsibility of opening the innings, the 21-year-old batsman is leading the charts as top run-scorer for KKR this season. In the seven matches he has played so far, Gill has amassed 254 runs including two fifties. In a team that has got star batsmen like Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell, Gill has been busy carving his own niche on the back of superlative batting performances this season.

4. Rahul Chahar 

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For a youngster who led India to the U-19 World Cup triumph in 2018, Prithvi Shaw, like his teammates, was amongst the most sought after players in the IPL Auction. He was eventually bought by Delhi Capitals for Rs 1.2 crore and has gone on to become a key member of the Shreyas Iyer-led side.

After getting plenty of game-time last season, Shaw has looked in ominous form this year. Opening the innings for Delhi, the right-hander has been responsible for providing good starts to his team and also played some match-winning knocks. In the eight matches he has played so far, Shaw has amassed 202 runs including two fifties. 

He is also the third-highest run-scorer for Delhi this season, only behind Shikhar Dhawan and Iyer.


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